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Carolina Raptor Center Huntersville

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Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville
NC
28078
Tel: 704 875 6521

Directions

From I-77 at Exit 18/WT Harris Blvd Take 77 North to exit 18, W.T. Harris Blvd. At the top of the exit ramp, take a left onto W.T. Harris Blvd. Go 1.6 miles. Take a left onto Mt.Holly-Huntersville Road. Go 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Beatties Ford Road. Go 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Sample Road and head straight into Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Carolina Raptor Center is .7 miles on your left inside the preserve gate.

Where are we going today?

Stroll along the nature trail for a self-guided tour, observe raptors in their aviaries, shop in our museum gift shop, watch a presentation of live raptors (weekends only), chat with our Wild Wings Educators about your favorite bird of prey (weekends only), read personal stories about our resident birds and how they came to live at Carolina Raptor Center, or simply relax on a wooden bench under the tree canopy.

We have approximately 25 different species of raptors for you to see and learn about along our 3/4 mile outdoor nature trail, set up similar to a zoo. Experience educational exhibits like Family Corvidae and Raptors of the Silver Screen, and enjoy our special programs like our Summer Flight Shows.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$6
  • Free Under: 5 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 12noon to 5pm on Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays November 1

Any Top Tips?

Live Bird Presentations, Meet the Keeper and Trail Trivia Tours, and Vulture Feedings are included in the price of admission. Flight Shows and Behind the Scenes Tours are an additional $5 per person per show, or $7 for both. .

Doing our bit

We are a non-profit organization whose operations support the rehabilitation and release of over 800 raptors each year, as well as the education of about 80,000 children and visitors in the Charlotte region..

Need a little extra help?

Our facility is all outdoors along a gravel nature trail with wooden erosion bars throughout. Strollers are fine, but for folks in wheelchairs, it depends on the person. Please use your own judgment based on your loved one's mobility. Unfortunately, because of the terrain associated with our amphitheatre, we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs or strollers at the flight show..

What people are saying?

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    As a former volunteer in the raptor rehabilitation program here at CRC, I can attest to all of the good that this center does for the birds. The volunteers in both the rehabilitation program and the resident program are very passionate, and really care for the animals, as does the center in general.

    This center offers a great place to observe birds of prey, all of whom are well cared for, and who are only kept if they could no longer do well in the wild - otherwise, they complete the rehabilitation program (which includes not only medical treatment,...Read More

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    Carolina Raptor Center is a beautiful, educational experience! A must-see in the Charlotte area!

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    Wow. I applaud these folks for the work they are doing here. We were visiting from New Hampshire where we see many of these birds in the wild, it's great to know that they are being saved for future generations to see and learn about. Staff was great!

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    I love the Carolina Raptor Center. I take my kids there every Sunday.

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    This place is small enough to not get tired of walking yet large enough to keep your attention through each rehabilitation exhibit. Truly, the aspect of rehabilitation is what makes this place shine. The birds here are not on display like a zoo, they are either healing from injury so they can be released or they are too badly hurt to go back into the wild and are under the expert care of the staff. Either way, the birds win and we have the opportunity to see them closer than we ever could on our own. Worth the trip, just remember the entire...Read More

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by Michele Louise

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As a former volunteer in the raptor rehabilitation program here at CRC, I can attest to all of the good that this center does for the birds. The volunteers in both the rehabilitation program and the resident program are very passionate, and really care for the animals, as does the center in general.

This center offers a great place to observe birds of prey, all of whom are well cared for, and who are only kept if they could no longer do well in the wild - otherwise, they complete the rehabilitation program (which includes not only medical treatment, but also makes sure the birds are able to fly and hunt again through daily exercising and mouse releases) and are rereleased into the wild.

I cannot stress what a great center this is, and all that they do for the animals.

by A Google User

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This place is small enough to not get tired of walking yet large enough to keep your attention through each rehabilitation exhibit. Truly, the aspect of rehabilitation is what makes this place shine. The birds here are not on display like a zoo, they are either healing from injury so they can be released or they are too badly hurt to go back into the wild and are under the expert care of the staff. Either way, the birds win and we have the opportunity to see them closer than we ever could on our own. Worth the trip, just remember the entire place is outdoors with well maintained sand pathways, so plan and dress accordingly. Heels or dress shoes wouldn't be a good idea here.

The Weather

Monday

Conditions: Fog
Temp: 54° F / 12° C
Humidity: 88 %
Wind: ESE - 0 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 68° F / 20° C
Humidity: 77 %
Wind: SSW - 11 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 68° F / 20° C
Humidity: 58 %
Wind: NW - 8 MPH

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